DBU set a season-high for runs, defeating No. 19 Oklahoma, 16-6, on Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark. In his first start since March 24, Devlin Granberg went 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored to lead the Patriots offense.
Kragen Kechely (3-0) earned the win after tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. Ryan Madden (4-2) gave up three runs on three hits in two innings of relief, suffering the loss.
DBU struck first in the opening frame, loading the bases on a pair of walks and a base hit, followed by a Camden Duzenack hit-by-pitch and a Granberg sac fly to go ahead 2-0. OU tied the ballgame in the top of the second on a two-out RBI single up the middle from Ben Hollas before Jordan Hand fumbled a Brandon Zaragoza single, allowing Austin O'Brien to advance home. In the bottom of the third, the Patriots put up three runs on a pair of RBI doubles to left-center from Granberg and Evan Sandmann to take a 5-2 lead.
After loading the bases with one out in the top of the fourth, Dan Heefner removed Trevor Conn in favor of Kragen Kechely, who retired the final two batters of the inning to escape the jam. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Austin Listi began a two-out rally with a double to left before a pair of walks loaded the bases. DBU plated two on a walk and a hit-by-pitch, and extended their lead to 9-2 by way of a two-run double from Sandmann. The Patriots generated another two-out rally in the fifth, starting with another Listi base hit. With the bases loaded, Granberg and Luke Bandy hit back-to-back RBI singles to extend the lead to 12-2.
After four scoreless innings, the Sooners started to cut into the lead on an O'Brien RBI double. DBU continued their dominance with two outs with four more with two outs in the seventh, including a bases-clearing double from Tim Millard to make it 16-3. OU tacked on three in the top of the eighth on a pair of RBI doubles to cut the lead to 16-6. A pair of homeruns allowed the Sooners to trim the lead to 16-9 in the ninth.
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- With three hits and two walks tonight, Austin Listi moved to 6th all-time in DBU's Division I history in both categories.
- The Patriots' two first-inning runs were the first in the opening frame since an 11-4 win over Illinois State on March 31.
- DBU's 16 runs were the most in a game since a 17-1 win over Incarnate Word on March 22, 2016.
COACH DAN HEEFNER - ON THE TEAM'S OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION
"I thought they did a great job from the first inning. I mean, it wasn't just the hits, but we had great at-bats and drew 12 walks. I thought we had really great plate discipline. It was great to have Devlin Granberg back in there. He's a tremendous hitter and he really changes our lineup a lot. To have a guy in the middle like that who's on everything and you know he's going to put the ball in play. It feels really good to have him back."
DEVLIN GRANBERG - ON THE EXCITEMENT OF RETURNING TO THE LINEUP
"It felt great. I feel like you guys could feel it up there in the pressbox, the energy we had out there tonight. It was awesome to experience. We were barreling balls up all night. It was great to be a part of that tonight.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
400 – Austin Listi and Camden Duzenack have now combined for 400 total games played in a DBU uniform.
13 – The Patriots recorded 13 two-out RBI in Tuesday's win.
153 – Camden Duzenack is now tied with Duncan McAlpine for 8th all-time in DBU's Division I history in runs scored (153).
DBU stays home this weekend and plays host to Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State for three games, beginning Friday evening at 6:30 p.m.